Thai Deputy PM sees good ties between Thailand, Cambodia

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BANGKOK, Dec 25 — Deputy Prime Minister/Defence Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon said his delegation visited Cambodia to discuss border cooperation, but not anything concerning the Preah Vihear temple.

He believed both countries have good relations now.

Gen Prawit led the chiefs of the armed forces and the police to attend a meeting of the General Border Committee (GBC) of both countries yesterday and today.

In his press conference after returning from Cambodia, Gen Prawit said that his delegation received a warm welcome and both countries enjoyed good ties but authorities at the operational level should increase their talks to further develop bilateral relations and understanding.

Gen Prawit said the GBC discussed cooperation along the border, on public safety, narcotics, alien labor, human trafficking and economic zones in Trat and Sa Kaeo provinces.

He said the committee did not address any issues related to the ancient Preah Vihear temple.

Cambodian authorities proposed both countries maintain good ties and increase communications between their officials at the operational level.

Gen Prawit also said that he met Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen but they did not raise any special topic for discussion.